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February 2007

Dan Gerstein, Greg Sargent and a Word on Transparency

The editors of the Politico shouldn’t get off so easily in a little Internet spat.

There comes a time in the life of most every publication when it runs into some ethical quandary concerning the... More

Bloggers Welcome Back Woodruff With Tears and Tantrums

The vast majority of bloggers were moved by To Iraq and Back.

Today bloggers welcomed back Bob Woodruff, the ABC News anchor who was seriously injured while reporting in Iraq, with tears... More

Egypt Shuts Down Insurgent TV, But Other U.S. Allies Keep It Live

Egypt this week pulled the plug on Al-Zawraa — but viewers who still want their fix of anti-American mayhem can continue to watch the channel’s offerings.

Egypt this week pulled the plug on Al-Zawraa, the controversial channel controlled by Iraq's Sunni insurgency, but it is still... More

How Tone-Deaf Is CNBC?

Each time Maria Bartiromo reports on Citigroup, rightly or wrongly, the knot of questions she has not answered become newly relevant.

Yesterday afternoon Maria Bartiromo scored a "CNBC exclusive" with Sanford Weill, the former Citigroup chairman and CEO, the news of... More

John Solomon Gives Us Less Than Meets the Eye — Again

Another non-starter on the front page of the Post, by their resident non-starter reporter.

Like NFL coaches who always seem to land with another team no matter how many bad decisions they make, some... More

On DaimlerChrysler Story, Reuters Dashes Off A Cliff

The frenzied speculation surrounding Chrysler’s future has not let up.

The frenzied speculation surrounding Chrysler's future has not let up. In an e-mail to employees last Wednesday, Chrysler Group CEO... More

Skepticism Is But Step One in the Iran Story

One thing is certain about the claims that Iran is supplying Iraqi terrorists: we haven’t even begun to grasp the full story.

In an important bit of reporting about Iraqi roadside bombs and the Bush administration's claims that Iran is supplying some... More

Jason Whitlock Had a Great Time in Vegas … Right?

Was the NBA All-Star Vegas weekend a “Perfect Party” or was “Mayhem the Main Event?”

Was the NBA All-Star Vegas weekend a "Perfect Party" or was "Mayhem the Main Event?" Both descriptions were the headlines... More

Some Creative Efforts to Take Back Foreign News

International news — who needs it? The American public, that’s who.

It's nearly five and a half years since the 9/11 attacks, which was supposed to be the day America woke... More

Post Spurs Walter Reed Changes, Blogging Debate

Some bloggers are assailing the lack of support for the troops, while others see the Post’s series as evidence of the media’s anti-military and anti-war stance.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. has often been revered as the premier medical facility for wounded combat... More

ABC’s Subheds Bludgeon With Redundancy

Here’s a suggestion for the network’s Web team: Scrap ‘em.

Who's writing the subheds at Trolling the news site today, I came across the lively headline "Speculation Swirls About... More

BBC Breaks Iran Attack Plan, Bloggers Worried

A BBC article today outlined a U.S. contingency plan for attacking Iran, leaving bloggers sarcastic or spooked, but not surprised.

A BBC News article today outlined a U.S. contingency plan for attacking Iran -- one that would include air strikes... More

Beware the Bloggers

What’s the one thing that Tony Snow and David Gregory can agree on? That bloggers don’t get it.

It's kind of disconcerting -- or should be -- to see Tony Snow, the president's press secretary, sitting snuggly, legs... More

The Cheney Hokey-Pokey

Is Cheney up? Is Cheney down? The press corps can’t seem to get the story straight.

The job of political journalists is not only to report on Washington, but to discern which way the political winds... More

Castro’s Commitment to Press Freedom is Honored … Seriously

One would be hard-pressed to come up with a leader less deserving of such an award than Castro.

On February 10th, a Latin American NGO devoted to press freedom inexplicably awarded Cuban leader Fidel Castro a medal for... More

Press’s Awkward Treatment of Diverse Prez Field Begins

With the 2008 campaign under way, the press’s attempts to shoehorn the candidates into simplistic narrative frameworks have begun, too.

With the 2008 campaign under way about six months earlier than usual, the press's awkward attempts to shoehorn America's most... More

Lucky Sparks New Censorship Debate

Anything that borders on censorship will rile up bloggers, and the controversy over a children’s book that uses a touchy word has done just that.

Somebody call George Carlin and tell him there's an eighth word to add to his list. Yep, "scrotum" has set... More

Truth and Consequences

The press, like government officials, has had no immunity from the newly coined “Iraq Syndrome” — and that is a positive development.

We wish we had come up with the expression first, but it was only a matter of time before someone... More

Cable Nets Blow Their Own Houses Down

To smoke or not to smoke — it was never a question.

Unless you live and breathe in the sometimes-provincial world of Capitol Hill, you might not have heard of a trivial... More

DaimlerChrysler Sets Off ‘Frenzy of Speculation’

The Detroit News makes a prophecy, and enthused journalists do their part.

Chrysler became the latest American automaker to take a big hit yesterday, announcing a "restructuring plan" that will chop 13,000... More

Is Obama Black Enough?

Steve Kroft isn’t the first journalist to ask that question, implicitly or not. But does it even matter?

Since announcing his presidential bid on Saturday, Barack Obama has faced a barrage of questions, some more relevant than others.... More

For ABC, Weather Equals Climate Change featured a poll Wednesday that was so egregiously nitwitted that it deserves comment.

We usually ignore inane network online news polls that ask readers to weigh in on current debates by clicking on... More

When Does the Watchdog Bark? The Answer May Surprise You

However weak-kneed we think our media have been, their questions have grown more assertive, more adversarial, and more demanding over time.

By now the idea that journalists failed to sufficiently question the Bush administration's case for war in Iraq, and therefore... More

CJR Daily’s Aching Prose Awards

Our roundup of the “best” and “worst” Valentine’s Day print journalism out there.

Be prepared for animal sex, "Sexercise", tales of Viagra and copy that aims for your heart. We're talking, of course,... More

An Iraqi Journalist Spoils the Pentagon-Press Synergy

The rules of anonymous sourcing don’t always translate well in other countries.

The rules of the not-so-subtle game played between politicians, their aides, and reporters in Washington, as we've seen during the... More

Fool Me Once …

Reading through the Iran weapons coverage today, we found a decent dose of journalistic skepticism, even if it was often not as prominent as we would have liked.

Media critics were on full alert today with worries that the latest administration claims of Iranian involvement in Iraq, reported... More

Post Ombud Says “It Wasn’t Us! We Swear!”

In which we criticize Deborah Howell’s criticism of the Washington Post’s Web site.

In responding to a crisis sparked by a January 30 blog post by William Arkin on, the paper's ombud... More

Harvard Names New President, Bloggers Skeptical

Many bloggers are wondering if the hiring of Drew Gilpin Faust is more than just a coincidence.

Harvard announced yesterday the hiring of Drew Gilpin Faust, 59, the first female president in the university's 371-year history. "I... More

Geoffrey York On Earth’s Most Polluted City

A Globe and Mail reporter talks about his queasy trip to Linfen, China.

Earlier this month the Globe and Mail published Geoffrey York's report detailing the disastrous effects of the coal industry on... More

CNBC’s Big Story

Yesterday the cable network provided a promising case study of the perils of reporting business news live.

At 10:41 a.m. yesterday Lear Corp., an auto parts maker out of Southfield, Michigan, halted trading of its shares with... More

Bloggers Debate GM Robot’s Suicide

The automaker’s Super Bowl ad depicting an assembly line robot rolling itself off a bridge was apparently a little too close to reality.

Shame on you, Mike Altman. Your sweet melody promised that suicide was painless. You lied, and General Motors, which trusted... More

Edwards Camp Comes Under Blog Fire

The 2008 election is still far off, but the Edwards duo have proven that bloggers themselves can be campaign liabilities.

The 2008 election is still far off but presidential candidates are already finding themselves ensnared in controversy, as Democratic contender... More

Another Take on the Troop “Surge” Numbers

An email from a Pentagon correspondent makes us reconsider …

On Monday, I wrote a piece calling for reporters covering the Pentagon and military affairs to start talking about a... More

The Latest On Reporters and Subpoenas

Despite some good news, it has hardly been a banner week for journalism.

The last couple days sure have been uncomfortable for some reporters who are trying to keep their sources secret, and... More

Astronaut Soars Across Headlines

The news media and bloggers have jumped on the story of Lisa Nowak’s strange fall from grace: the tainted hero, intrigue and headline puns were too much to resist.

Astronaut Lisa Nowak soared across headlines in recent days, not for her July shuttle mission to the international space station,... More

New York Woulda Been Nice

A look at the flip side of speculative journalism: analyzing what could have once come to pass, years after the fact.

I frequently rail against speculative journalism that goes nowhere. Tuesday, the Detroit News provided an example of the flip side... More

British Stories We Shouldn’t Ignore

Taking a spin through the British press, we saw some stories that have been receiving scant attention stateside.

For a variety of reasons, we rarely comment on the foreign press. But that doesn't mean we don't read it,... More

Bloggers Herald User-Generated Super Bowl Ads

If there is one constant regarding the Super Bowl it is this: Monday morning’s water cooler conversation will invariably involve commercials.

If there is one constant regarding the Super Bowl it is this: Monday morning's water cooler conversation will invariably involve... More

At USA Today, One Makes a Trend

It’s hard to say what journalism loves more — a comeback story or a hot trend.

It's hard to say what journalism loves more, a comeback story or a hot trend. Following the announcement last week... More

The Importance Of “Seeing” The War

In our estimation it was the closest we have gotten, via journalism, to the troops in battle in recent memory. You could feel their helplessness.

The most shocking, and simultaneously compelling, aspect of the Baghdad dispatch in the New York Times this past Monday was... More

Will The Politico Foster More Horse Race Coverage?

Welcome to the land of inside baseball, otherwise known as the week-old highly touted new Web site, The Politico.

Do you care about which legislative aide to Senator Carl Levin writes the senator's questions for his Armed Services Committee... More

Bloggers Enraged By Times Images of Soldier’s Death

The paper’s coverage of a dying American soldier is sparking outrage from his family, the Army, and Web scribes.

The American media have been publishing images of the bloodshed in Iraq for almost four years, but a recent New... More

A Newspaper Industry Casualty You May Have Missed

Out in the desolate southwestern corner of New Mexico, a small newspaper in a small desert town died today.

Out in the desolate southwestern corner of New Mexico, along I-10 halfway between El Paso and Tucson, a small newspaper... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news

The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”


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